Oaxaca buries US teen killed by Mexican Police

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat

Below the anguished mother cries out “look what they done to my son!!” as she throws a cover off to reveal his dead body..” She says “He came here to play futbol, and look what they’ve done! My son was just getting something to drink because I had ordered a pizza for him and his friends. I was waiting for him at home. How can this be? They have destroyed me….”  Heartbreaking footage

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Alexander Martínez Gómez is dead.
He was 16, an American Citizen, a resident of Willow Springs North Carolina.  He was passionate about Futbol, he wanted to become a professional player and wanted to play and train in Mexico, where he also had family.  For that reason, the family left N.C. and moved to Acatlan de Perez Figueroa, Oaxaca.
His mother said the group of friends had stopped to buy something to drink because she bought pizza for the group.
They were on the way to the house, all riding two on each bike, when shots rang out, this according to friends with Gomez.

Alexander and the friend riding with him on the bike were shot.  Alexander died instantly from a shot to the head, his friend who was also shot, survived.

The first story from the state prosecutor, the mother addressed to the press, “They said my son was carrying a weapon, that he shot himself. There are lots of lies,” she said. “I want the culprits behind bars. I want justice. I want them to pay.”
Later the official story changed.  Oaxaca state prosecutor (FGE) stated, “A shot was fired directly at nine youths who were riding on motorcycles (bikes also have been reported , and since he was at the front of the group of people, he died immediately.”


Virginia, Alexander’s mother reported that municipal police have gone into hiding, and that no one, the police, the state government, have apologized for the initial lies issued in an attempt to defame her son.
Alexander and his older sister Alexis, 19, were born in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The family came to the U.S. from northern Oaxaca, in search of the American Dream.
The father, Teodoro, worked in landscaping.  The family saved and were able to build a small home back in Oaxaca.
The family moved back to Mexico in order for Alexander to fulfil his dream. At the time of his murder, Alexis had moved back to North Carolina.
Alexander attended college in Veracruz.  He received a full scholarship and played semi-pro with Rayados de Tierra Blanca, a third division affiliate of a pro team in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Another moving video of his teamates at the funeral.  The team allows Alexander to score a final goal.  A teamate “passed” the ball to the coffin, it bounces off into the net.  First cheers rang out, and then the sobs.